Here at Road & Track, we love to tell you all about windshield wipers, whether it's the Tesla Roadster's—which sure feel like an afterthought—or the pinnacle of the Japanese economic bubble in the late 1980s, Toyota's side window wipers. Which were accompanied by washer jets coming from the side-view mirrors, naturally.
The thing is, though, long before either the Japanese domestic market or Silicon Valley went nuts with rainproofing, the Italians did it better.
Enter the 1957 Lancia Flaminia Berlina, designed by Pininfarina.
Lancia was the first to put a V6 into series production in 1950 with the Aurelia. The Flamina was the , and the last car built at Lancia's old factory before Fiat took over the bankrupt company in 1969.
Throughout its life, the Flaminia was available as a sedan, a coupé and a cabriolet, with several coachbuilt specials made by Zagato, Pininfarina and Touring. It also served as the base for a quartet of presidential limousines produced by Pininfarina, commissioned by the state for Queen Elizabeth II's visit in 1961.
But a facelifted 1961 Lancia Flaminia Berlina didn't have what a 1960 Series 1 did: Dual rear windshield wipers, both inside and out.
While the exterior pair took care of the rain and spray on the rear window, the internal wipers got rid of condensation, so you could see clearly in all directions at 100 miles per hour. A figure that wasn't too shabby from a large V6 sedan in the late '50s.
Too bad Lancia gave up on its rear wipers after just four years on the market. Despite getting a larger V6 in 1962, the Flaminia Berlina was never the same.